House 65, Road 27, Block K, Banani, Dhaka 1213, Bangladesh
+880 1713040814, +880 1718945999, +880 1716658153
At Shadhona, we believe that performance and cultural practices are individual and communal acts that aim to transcend everyday limits of consciousness. Furthermore, their enactment and the processes behind their execution are both capable of transforming the world we live in. Established in 1992, though Shadhona’s scope of work encompasses many genres of art and the target group is diverse, the defining character of our organization is the hard-core, intensive work that we do with the Arts and Artistes, in the areas of a) research, documentation, b) training c) production & presentation, and d) safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage. Our work encompasses both urban and indigenous arts and cultural practices.
IN ASSOCIATION WITH:
Commissioned by UNESCO Dhaka Office, Shadhona, a UNESCO ICH Committee accredited NGO, prepared an assessment report in 2018, and later based on the findings designed an online, community based ICH Inventory. To implement this, from May 2020, Shadhona has been conducting on-line workshops training around 3500 government officials, academics, and community members, on:
1. ICH Inventorying and Safeguarding;
2. Critical Research on ICH;
Finally, Shadhona signed an MOU with the Ministry of Cultural Affairs to prepare the National ICH Inventory on 17 November 2022.
In the meantime, on June 14, 2020, an informal, multi-organization consortium, led by Shadhona – A Center for Advancement of Southasian Culture, was formed with the intention of creating a community-led, digital and online ICH-pedia for Bangladesh, for inventorying all Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) practices of Bangladesh with the support of young students and academics. This consortium was named, ‘Consortium for ICH-pedia, Bangladesh (CIB)’ henceforth referred to as the ‘Consortium’.
❏ BHĀBANAGARA FOUNDATION
House - 86, Road - 7, Block C, Monsurabad R/A, Mohammadpur, Dhaka - 1207, Bangladesh
Bhābanagara Foundation, from its inception, has been ceaselessly active in studying and practicing diverse elements of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of Bangladesh. Bhabanagara Foundation follows the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage 2003 for our planning, implementation and management of our activities to bring around and protect Bangladesh ICH. Inspired with the initiative of Bhabanagara, the traditional Baul-fakirs of Bangladesh are now in practice of the most ancient Bengali ICH Charyapada songs in the Bengali folk tunes, which is a remarkable milestone of revival of almost extinct Bengal ICH. Since last eight years, on every Wednesday afternoon, Bhabanagara has been facilitating Sadhusanga circle for demonstrating ICH performances and respective intellectual discourses. The national and international scholars, academicians and practitioners attend the Sadhusanga held at the open venue of Suhrawardi Uddyan (opposite of Bangla Academy Main Gate). The organization has a sister wing named Bhabanagara Sadhusanga Charya Charca Kendra at Paharpur, Naogaon, by the world heritage of Buddhist Vihara at Paharpur. More than hundred Baul Sadhakas have come under the umbrella of this Charya Charca Kendra for internalizing, practicing and performances of Charya songs. This is to mention that, with support of the Department of Archeology of the Government of the People's Republic of Bangladesh, we organized a wider Field Work of the National Workshop on Implementation of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the ICH in Bangladesh during 17-20 July 2013. The pictorial findings on the work was incorporated in the Final Report to UNESCO. In the context of COVID-19, Bhabanagara Foundation developed an elaborate List of the Folk artists and performers from all over Bangladesh. Bhabanagara Foundation also publishes Bhabanagara, an international journal of Bengal Studies, is a peer-reviewed journal published two times a year by the Bhabanagara Foundation. The journal publishes fresh articles in the field of Bengal or Bangla Studies, as broadly defined. Bhabanagara is an open access online journal. The journal unveils the diversity of Bangla language, culture and literature to the rest of the world. Bhabanagara is documenting the Intangible Cultural Heritage and Folklores of Bangladesh by its fieldwork-based research, and is ready to bring them in front of the world's community. Bhabanagara also works in documentation of dance, drama, songs, rituals, traditions and craft like needle-work, paintings, clay-craft, metal-craft, etc.
❏ BASE CAMP
Address: Base Camp, Dhaka
+880 18 1920 0559
BASECAMP established Bangladesh's first campground along with tree and on-ground activities where city dwellers, both individuals and institutions, experience outdoor living, adventure and curriculum learning. We have already engaged with two communities to build experiences around it. This sustainable business model identifies, empowers and packages unique features of that community, and makes the experience memorable for local and international tourists. Starting from one location near Dhaka, we have already expanded to two community tourism destinations for local and in-bound tourists in Tangail and Bandarbans under the initiative Thousand Miles Expeditions. In 2013, we built country's first camp ground that allowed city dwellers to experience outdoor living and adventure activities. Working with them made us passionate in creating meaningful experiences of life that creates a deeper connection with the self, community, culture and the nature. Munlai Para is one of the cultural capitals of Bandarban hill district of CHT. With the aim of restoring, developing and sustaining the unique features (natural and cultural) of Munlai and package them into a community tourism product with responsible tourism activities and business incubation, the Bandarban Hill District Council (BHDC) of Ministry of Chittagong Hill Tract Affairs (MoCHTA), Base Camp Bangladesh Ltd. and community members of Munlai Para designed the Munlai Community Tourism project. BHDC and Base Camp have a strong foothold in the Munlai Para, that created a competitive ground upon which this ambitious and bold community-based tourism development project is built.
House - 12, Road - 5, Dhanmondi, Dhaka - 1217
+880 1711 000 111
Bistaar: Chittagong Arts Complex, founded in the year 2014 is a platform for the artists, art activists and art lovers belonging to all the domains of arts, dedicated to the practice, production and promotion of quality arts, in order to support the local arts and artists, as well as to improve the city's overall artistic and cultural scene through organizing various arts activities for its residents all year long. It also aims to build a lasting bridge between the local and international arts and art practitioners to promote friendship, solidarity and harmony across the global arts communities .
House-12, Road-5/A, Sector-11, Uttara, Dhaka 1230
Brotee, a center for social change, is a rights based non-profit civil society organization. Founded in 2001 by sociologist Sharmeen Murshid, it has been working as a centre for people’s participation with the aim of bringing social change. It began as a women's consultancy firm facilitating participatory capacity building of NGOs. In 2001 it emerged as Brotee Samaj Kallyan Sangstha, with the mission to ensure human rights of the marginalized communities across Bangladesh. Brotee now addresses a spectrum of social and environmental issues from an ecofeminist point of view by ensuring community governance through innovative application of youth action research.
Over the years, Brotee has branched out and developed into a distinguished NGO that builds community movements to protect the rights of the vulnerable, ensure social harmony, health care, education and address environmental issues in villages where there is extreme poverty. As a learning organization it has continued to create opportunities for further engagement in areas where help is necessary. 2015 onwards, Brotee has begun to work in the coastal areas affected by climate change and at present, through introduction of Uttarsury, its cultural wing, it is in the process of creating programmes to make some positive contributions to tribal villages in northern Bangladesh to help communities preserve their heritage and culture.
❏ WOMEN LEADERS
Dargah Road, Salimpur, Trishal - 2224, Mymensingh
Women Leaders (WL) was a project (now a volunteer organisation) that has been selected to be one of the 50 grant recipients in The Network for Religious and Traditional Peacemakers that European Union-funded project under AHA! Awareness with Human Action project. WL is working to create awareness of the women leaders as well as the youth generation, who are working for peace, social cohesion and awareness about using digital platforms as well as cultural grounds like working with indigenous/folk culture, heritage and knowledge.
❏ GIDREE BAWLEE
Gidree Bawlee (Santal, meaning 'children's babbling') is a multidisciplinary platform which facilitates cultural and artistic exchange through organizing various creative programs by initiating collaborations between artists and the rural and indigenous communities in the village of Balia in Thakurgaon, Bangladesh. Through its social practice and community focused activities, the organization aims to make art that responds to the local history, culture and the environment. The organization dreams of a creative community, with every community member participating, leading to a 'social sculpture'.
Kalyanpur, Rangamati Sadar, Rangamati 4500, Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh.
Hill Resource Centre (HRC), established in 2017, is a multi-purpose initiative to contribute towards culture and development in the CHT, Bangladesh. We go above and beyond to ensure you're satisfied and will let us serve you again. Explore the rest of our site to learn more about what we offer, and get in touch with any questions.
+880 17 1135 5639
Address: Nrityagram, Mymensingh
❏ POURI PROTRIKA
Pauri Patrika, Srimangal, Sylhet
+880 17 1810 6551
Sushil Kumar Singha
Address: Pauri Patrika, Srimangal, Sylhet
❏ AMRA KOJON SHILPI GOSHTHI
Amra kojon Shaj Ghor, Nawabbari Road, Bogura
Amra ka zon shilpi gosthee bogra is one of the cultural organization of the country. We hold the folk traditional cultural of Bangladesh and try manifest those in our nalnalpracties keeping this sologan in mind mr.abdush shamad polash along with some enthusiastic youth of bogra town established the organigation on 11th novembor 1988 .The mazor branches of its activites are dance .music. recitation,and theatre arts. The organigetion organizes programs on differnet occasion and on various national and internationally days.e.g. internationally mother Lange, independent day,victory day international dance day,children theatre day,iBirth and annzesiversary of robindronath tagore,and kazi nazural islam.beside it organizes dance and drama festival nationaly .this organigation also work for the poor and the unprivileged people by giving them cultural traning.helping them in natural disasters,distributing blanked and other necessary article amount them.it also wprk for social people of all walk of the socity by honorning them by romena afaz ,Mohosin ali deowan ,award etc.Amra ka zon shilpi gosthee invited renowned traners from home and abrod and arranges higher workshop on dance.the member of this organigation are well trained and efficient in difernet cultural performences.he have been performing regularly in home and abroad. The have travled to India,China,Japan,Mongilia,UAE,Srilanka,Hong kong,South koreya ,Malayesia, Indonesia, Katar,etc.and took part this goverment and non goverment programs.we have crossed 32 years and during our journey we have tried to represent Bangladesh and her authentic folk cultural.by this time we have become successful to achieve different national as weli as international award.
Sylhet 335, North Bagbari, Sylhet
+880 17 1197 7528
Village: Humerjan, P.O-Kamalgonj, Dist: Moulvibazar
Cell: +880 17 1291 9321,
The Indigenous Cultural Heritage Development Forum (ICHDF) is dedicated exclusively to indigenous entrepreneurs. This forum was founded through a collaboration of individuals from both hilly and plain regions.
Our objective is to bring together entrepreneurs from both hilly and plain areas.
Our mission involves engaging and supporting emerging indigenous entrepreneurs, inspiring them to contribute to their heritage.
Additionally, we aim to facilitate the exchange of experiences among accomplished entrepreneurs and foster harmonious relationships between entrepreneurs from hilly and plain regions.
Choto Gurgola, Dinajpur Sadar, Dinajpur-5200
The Centre for Heritage Studies (CenHerSt) is guided by the vision of empowering the society by generating and disseminating knowledge pertaining to the rich and vibrant cultural and natural heritage of Bangladesh in particular and South Asia in general. It is a non-governmental, non-political and non-profitable autonomous research and training organization based in Bangladesh. To preserve and promote cultural heritage of Bangladesh CenHerSt organizes regular educational tour, study trips to historical and archaeological heritage sites, cultural events in all corners of Bangladesh. Lectures and seminars are organized regularly on a wide range of topics. It conducts problem oriented research and publishes scholarly books; stages indigenous performances; hosts exhibitions and conferences; and is involved in projects of cultural heritage preservation. Certainly, CenHerSt would contribute to the Cultural Heritage Management Policy and development of the sustainable tourism in Bangladesh.
Flat 6A, House 8, Road 66, , Niketon, Dhaka 1216, Bangladesh
+880 17 1154 6765?
Jatrik is an arts & events management, content production and PR company, which hopes to inspire, innovate, broaden horizons, nurture, educate and empower audiences, using various mediums of creative expression. Jatrik celebrates the syncretic history, diversity and pluralism of the rich literary and cultural heritage of Bangladesh through plays, productions and a variety of events and curated forums. Jatrik highlights women’s voices through stories in a variety of ways, along with marginalized and veiled narratives. We bring a different lens to mainstream events and productions through feminist, gendered and alternative interpretations and perspectives.
Our ground-breaking theatre productions include Birangona, a play based on the women who were brutalized during Bangladesh’s Liberation War of 1971; Je Kotha Bola Jai Na, based on Bangladeshi women’s stories; and the off-Broadway runaway hit, Raisins not Virgins. We have showcased stellar productions with stars such as Sharmila Tagore, Soumitra Chatterjee, Nandita Das, Atul Kumar, Kalki Koechlin and many more, with collaborations with Excalibur Entertainment, Culturepot Global, Shadhona, Komola Collective, Brac, Bottola and Naripokkho. Our recent productions include The Begum’s Blunder, An Inspector Calls and Marx in Soho.
Dimagaj, Bhajanpur,Tetulia, Panchagarh
KARIGAR is an education and sociocultural organization. KARIGAR has been working on life, nature, environment and cultural development for 10 years. Karigar is working to preserve and restore the lost or endangered cultural heritage of Bangladesh.
❏ DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE, BRAC UNIVERSITY
Department of Architecture,
8 Mohakhali C/A, Dhaka
Department of Architecture, BRAC University
The Department of Architecture at BRAC University is committed to nurturing future professionals equipped with multidisciplinary knowledge and skills. Among its various areas of expertise, heritage preservation stands as a central pillar within the department. Faculty members and students alike actively engage in many initiatives related to heritage.
Dr Mohammad Habib Reza, an Associate Professor in Architecture, is leading the Heritage Hub, distinguished for his role as an architectural historian and heritage expert. Dr Reza holds the vice President position of PRERICO, Secretary (Events) of ICOMOS Bangladesh and the ICC Representative of INTBAU Bangladesh. A team of highly accomplished individuals complements Dr. Reza. The collective proficiency of the team encompasses a broad spectrum of expertise including, but not limited to, the history and architectural history of Bengal, cultural heritage, heritage management, heritage documentation, and photography. The team gets invaluable guidance from Professor Zainab Faruqui Ali, who is the Advisor.
Address: Openhouse, Panthapath Signal, Dhaka
+880 17 5527 4850
MAATRA (Multi-ethnic Architectural, Aesthetic and Transcultural Research Association) is basically a research group, works with ethnic architecture, design and literature. Presently MAATRA is associated with a website named lerikleisu.com for archieving Manipuri manuscripts and books.
Sukanta Singha, Cultural Secretary, Maatra
❏ MANIPURI CULTURAL COMPLEX (MCC), BANGLADESH
Captain Ibrahim Street, Tetaigaon, Adampur Bazar 3220 Adampur, Sylhet, Bangladesh
+8801715 294305, +8801716 440584
Manipuri Cultural Complex
Manipuri Cultural Complex, Kamalganj, Moulavi Bazar, Bangladesh was established in January 2015. The complex at Komolganj has a Manipuri weaving development centre, ICT centre, library, conference hall and runs training programs.
❏ URONTO ARTIST COMMUNITY, BANGLADESH
Sadya Mizan, Founder, URONTO, Bangladesh
Uronto Artist Community
Uronto is an Artist-Led Open Collective which was set up by artist curator Sadya Mizan to provide a new organic platform for creative practitioners and researchers from all possible disciplines to collaborate and present their trans-disciplinary works to inspire communities and uphold social responsibilities. Working locally, nationally and internationally Uronto runs artist residencies, cultural exchange programmes, undertakes research, delivers exhibitions, trainings, workshops and events, partners with wide range of organizations from the sector culture, heritage, museum and archiving. Through the lens of social engagement, URONTO has a particular interest in heritage archiving, they work through interdisciplinary and contemporary art interventions together with artists, communities and expert artisans. They empower communities, bridging art with history, and heritage, creating a global network of solidarity to generate new ideas and enriching Resources for future scholars and practitioners. They have ground breaking achievementsin the local and international museum sector through youth engagement activity and innovation project with minor communities. Uronto came under the affiliation of Art Initiative Bangladesh AIB since 2018, which is a networking organization for creative practitioners and is the legal representative of Uronto.
❏ ABBASUDDIN ACADEMY, KHULNA
Abbasuddin Academy, Khulna
Abbasuddin Academy, Khulna is one of the institutions in the folk culture practice and development of the country, a very popular name in the cultural arena of Bangladesh at that time. The organization was established on March 8, 1995.
The then Deputy Commissioner Kazi Riazul Haque inaugurated the academy in a colorful ceremony at Khulna's Society Cinema Hall in the presence of prominent Sanskritists and famous artists of the region. Under the initiative of Enamul Haque Bachchu, under the patronage of Atija Rahman, a prominent cultural activist and dancer of Khulna, renowned dance guru Md. Shariful. Islam was the president, Ms. Kohinur Begum was the senior vice-president, Enamul Haque Bachchu was the general secretary, and an executive committee with 11 members was formed. After 6 months of establishment, this executive committee was later replaced by Sheikh Shahidul, a famous folk music artist of Khulna. Islam appointed him as the head of the training department. Since then the Abbasuddin Academy has been working relentlessly, building its own brand of indigenous culture.
Every year new programs and productions based on folk literature and culture are gaining wide popularity across the borders of the country and abroad. Also, with training from this organization, they are winning numerous awards including 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in various national competitions every year. A prudent executive council and With the tireless efforts of a group of skilled workers, Abbasuddin Academy has become a respected institution today.
Besides, a professional dance troupe managed by Abbasuddin Academy has been established. The group has been working with a great reputation in the country and abroad by collecting various data on indigenous culture and working with the respective communities to keep their work dynamic and maintain identity by producing regular artists. The theater and recital department of the institution, Nagar Natya Dal, also has a separate management
The training department of the academy currently provides training in music, dance, recitation, guitar, painting and acting. There are about two hundred students and 10 instructors in various departments. However, various support is provided here including free training to meritorious and disadvantaged students. Various public awareness activities including national day mass celebrations are part of the organization's regular activities.
Note: A professional dance troupe with trained dancers from the region has been established under the management of Abbasuddin Academy. The group has been working with a great reputation in the country and abroad by collecting various data on indigenous culture and working with the respective communities to keep their work dynamic and maintain identity by producing regular artists.
আব্বাসউদ্দীন একাডেমী,খুলনা দেশের লোক সংস্কৃতি চর্চা ও বিকাশে অন্যতম এ প্রতিষ্ঠান,এ সময়ে বাংলাদেশের সাংস্কৃতিক অঙ্গনে অত্যন্ত জনপ্রিয় নাম।সংগঠনটি প্রতিষ্ঠিত হয় ১৯৯৫ এর ৮ই মার্চ। তৎকালিন জেলা প্রশাসক কাজী রিয়াজুল হক খুলনার সোসাইটি সিনেমা হল মিলনায়তনে এক বর্ণাঢ্য অনুষ্ঠানের মাধ্যমে এবং খুলনার বিশিষ্ট জনদের উপস্থিতিতে এ একাডেমীর শুভ উদ্বোধন করেন।এনামুল হক বাচ্চুর উদ্যোগে,খুলনার বিশিষ্ট সাংস্কৃতিক সেবী ও নৃত্যশিল্পী আতিজা রহমানের পৃষ্ঠপোষকতায়,স্বনামধন্য নৃত্যগুরু মোঃ শরিফুল ইসলামকে সভাপতি,সংস্কৃতি সেবী মিসেস কহিনুর বেগমকে সিনিয়র সহ-সভাপতি,এনামুল হক বাচ্চুকে সাধারণ সম্পাদক করে ১১ সদস্য বিশিষ্ট একটি কার্য নির্বাহী কমিটি গঠন করে শুরু হয় পথ চলা।প্রতিষ্ঠার ৬ মাসের মাথায়,এ নির্বাহী পরিষদ পরবর্তীতে খুলনার প্রখ্যাত লোক সংগীত শিল্পী,শেখ শহিদুল ইসলাম কে প্রশিক্ষণ বিভাগের অধ্যক্ষ হিসাবে নিয়োগ দেয়।তার পর থেকে অদ্যবধী আব্বাসউদ্দীন একাডেমী নিরলস ভাবে কাজ করে চলেছে,দেশীয় সংস্কৃতির একটি নিজস্ব ঘারানা নির্মানে। প্রতি বছর লোক সাহিত্য ও সংস্কৃতি নির্ভর নতুন নতুন অনুষ্ঠান ও প্রযোজনা দেশের গন্ডি পেরিয়ে বিদেশেও ব্যাপক জনপ্রিতা পাচ্ছে।এছাড়া, এ সংগঠন থেকে প্রশিক্ষন নিয়ে,প্রতি বছরই বিভিন্ন জাতীয় প্রতিযোগীতায় ১ম,২য় ও ৩য় স্থান সহ অর্জন করছে অসংখ্য পুরষ্কার।একটি বিচক্ষণ নির্বাহী পরিষদ এবং সুদক্ষ একদল কর্মীর নিরলস প্রচেষ্টায় আব্বাসউদ্দীন একাডেমী আজ একটি অনুসরনীয় প্রতিষ্ঠানে পরিনত হয়েছে। এছাড়া আব্বাসউদ্দীন একাডেমী পরিচালিত একটি পেশাদারী নৃত্যদল প্রতিষ্ঠা করা হয়েছে। এ দলটি দেশীয় সংস্কৃতির স্বকীয়তা বজায় রেখে দেশে-বিদেশ অত্যন্ত সুনামের সাথে কাজ করে চলেছে। প্রতিষ্ঠানের নাট্য ও আবৃত্তি বিভাগ নগর নাট্য দলেরও রয়েছে একটি সতন্ত্র পরিচালনা পরিষদ,যার আহবায়ক হিসাবে রয়েছেন বিশিষ্ট নাট্য ও আবৃত্তি শিল্পী চৌধুরী মিনহাজ উজ্জামান সজল। একাডেমীর প্রশিক্ষণ বিভাগে বর্তমানে- সংগীত,নৃত্য,আবৃত্তি,গীটার,চিত্রাঙ্কন ও অভিনয় প্রশিক্ষণ দেওয়া হয়। বিভিন্ন বিভাগে প্রায় দুই শতাধিক শিক্ষার্থী এবং ১০ জন প্রশিক্ষক রয়েছে। তবে এখানে মেধাবী ও অসচ্ছল শিক্ষার্থীদের বিনা বেতনে প্রশিক্ষন প্রদান সহ বিভিন্ন সহযোগিতা প্রদান করা হয়। জাতীয় দিবস সমুহ উদযাপন সহ বিভিন্ন জন সচেতনা মুলক কর্মকান্ড সংগঠনের নিয়মিত কার্যক্রমের অংশ।
Founder & CEO
House # 40, Road # 01, Old DOHS, Banani, Dhaka
At Perceive, we practice action research that seeks transformative change through the simultaneous process of taking action and doing research, which are linked together by critical reflection and community participation in the process. Apart from our regular work, we have started a six month long Heritage fellowship program (Local) and an annual UNESCO World Heritage Volunteers program (International) from our heritage research unit Nagar Upakhyan.
Nagar Upakhyan can be compared as a platform for heritage professionals that provides world class training by engaging them in documentation, seminar, symposium, hands-on activities for conservation, heritage impact assessment and preparing a complete conservation management plan for a cultural heritage of their area. So far we have trained 500 participants directly and reached out to 10,000 people in different parts of Bangladesh.
❏ ONE CULTURE FOUNDATION
Office: cws (b) 74, Road # 25 , Gulshan,
Dhaka 1212, Bangladesh
Cell: +8801711520115, +8801904422022
One Culture Foundation
One Culture Foundation is a non-profit organization in Bangladesh, driven by compassion and solidarity. We strive to create a positive impact by addressing the needs of vulnerable communities and promoting sustainable development. Through humanitarian programs, public health initiatives, agricultural support, education, disaster relief, socio-economic development, cultural preservation, women empowerment, and communication for change, we aim to foster compassion, cultural understanding, and empower individuals and communities. Join us on this journey towards a brighter future for all in Bangladesh.
The empowerment of disadvantaged women by facilitating socioeconomic independence.
The social advancement of women through their leadership and capability development.
The development of women as entrepreneurs, decision-makers, leaders, and change agents in their families and communities.
Integration of women in the decision-making process of the One Culture Foundation.